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3103T Marlborough
May 31, 2018 10:00AM - June 8, 2018 10:00AMCalender

Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Signed Carte-de-visite.

Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3103T Location: Marlborough Date / Time: May 31, 2018 10:00AM


Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Signed Carte-de-visite. Alexander Gardner's portrait taken August 9, 1863, the bust only from the full-length standing pose (O-75 from Lincoln in Photographs), with Gardner's stamp on the verso, signed "A. Lincoln" in brown ink on the mount beneath the photographic image; (verso toned from old frame, recto also toned), 4 x 2 3/8 in. [together with] the original frame; [and] a note signed by Morgan Dix (1827-1908): "President Lincoln, during an interview with my father General [John Adams] Dix at the White House, signed this photograph, and told him to take it to me with his kind regards."

N.B. General Dix (1798-1879) was Secretary of the Treasury, Governor of New York and major general in the Union Army during the Civil War. Dix was the author of an important rallying cry for the cause of the North. At the outbreak of hostilities, Dix sent a telegram to his Treasury agents in New Orleans with the following order: "If any one attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot." Although the message was intercepted by Confederate soldiers and never reached its intended audience, the slogan did find its way onto many pro-Union tokens and other propaganda during the war.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

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John Adams, Morgan Dix, Alexander Gardner, Treasury, Abraham Lincoln, Dix, Illinois, John Adams Dix, United States, New Orleans